Beware of the delicious pancakes; LA King Dustin Penner hurts back while eating breakfast

Pancakes are a popular breakfast treat around my house. They are so much of a fixture that I asked for (and received) an electric griddle as my only Christmas present. I can now churn out 8-10 pancakes at a time. I don’t think I’ve ever made pancakes that have led to a back injury though.

Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider reports (Via Yahoo hockey blogger, and barfblog favorite, Puck Daddy) that Dustin Penner is suffering from a back ailment that was triggered by a stack of "delicious pancakes."

"I woke up fine, sat down to eat and it locked right up. It never happened to me before. I couldn’t stand up. I was probably at the third stage of evolution. So my wife helped me get dressed, and then I drove to the rink here, to hope they could do some magic and get it opened up. Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] just looked at me and said, ‘Go home.’ So I got some treatment and went home.

"Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic."

Gratuitous food porn shot of the day – buttermilk pancakes

Sorenne eating breakfast with dad, Sept. 29, 2009, about 7:15 a.m.

Buttermilk pancakes with berries, bacon and fruit


2 cups buckwheat flour
1tsp. baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
dash salt


1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
frozen berries

Mix wet and appropriate amount of dry, heat in frying pan, top with Canadian maple syrup (not that Vermont stuff) serve with bacon, fresh cantaloupe and pineapple.

The dog waits like a parasite every time Sorenne eats; does make cleanup easier.

Homemade pancakes, Woody Allen and robots

When Katie Filion lived with us for a few months before setting off for graduate work in New Zealand, Amy and I would tell the 22-year-old, "‘oh, you should see this movie" – insert Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Wonderboys, or even more modern fare like Napoleon Dynamite – at which point she would politely recoil. Maybe she found our movies … old.

However, Katie did confess she now misses my homemade-from-scratch buckwheat pancakes with berries.

Have I got a movie for Katie.

Woody Allen’s 1973 classic, Sleeper, when the director was at a more, uh, slapstick stage of his career, features Allen as Miles Monroe, a jazz musician and health-food store owner living in Manhattan in 1973, who is cryogenically frozen without his consent, and not revived for 200 years. When Miles is arrested as a counterrevolutionary, he escapes by disguising himself as a robot, the kind frequently used in the future for mundane chores like cooking.

Maybe the Japanese like Woody Allen more than the French like Jerry Lewis because various prototype robo-chefs showed off their cooking skills at the International Food Machinery and Technology Expo in Tokyo last week, flipping Japanese pancakes, serving sushi and slicing vegetables.

Narito Hosomi, president of Toyo Riki, manufacturers of the pancake-cooking robot, which was apparently based on me, said,

"We all know that robots can be very useful. We want to take that utility out of the factory so that they can be used elsewhere.”

I have to agree, Katie. While clever, Sleeper is slow.